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FORGOHEN LANGUAGE

THE

130 qualification

is

tion onlv

before, asleep. ^^

if

he has not known the w^oman of

and

We

mudic \iew

man who dreams about interwoman can be sure of his salva-

made. The

course with a married

if

his

dream

he had no sexual desire when he

see here

how much

gives to the state of

fell

importance the Tal-

mind

of the

dreamer

fell asleep. If he had sexual desires or even if ovAv casuallv the woman about whom he known had he has the dream, we must ex-pect that the general rule that a s\-mbol stands for something else is not vahd and

before he

that the sexual SMnbolism

is

expressive of a sexual wish.

Medieval dream interpretation follows the line

we have

prett\'

seen in classic antiquity.

of the fourth centur)% S\*nesius of C\Tene,

An

much

author

makes one

and beautiful statements of the from the heightened capacity stem dreams theory that

of the most precise

of insight diuring sleep.^* If dreams prophesy the future, if \isions which present themselves to the mind during sleep afiFord some indicia whereby to dixine future things dreams will be at the same time true and obscure, and even in their obscurity' the truth will reside. "The gods with a thick veil have covered human life." [Hesiod] I am not surprised that some have owed to a sleep the discover)- of a treasure; and that one may have gone to sleep ver\' ignorant, and after having had in a dream a conversation with the Muses, awakened an able poet,

—

"/fcuf., 56b.

C>Tene: from Wood, op. cU.

**S>-nesius of

On

Dreamt, translated by Isaac Myer. Quoted

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